A knifeman ‘carrying a smouldering backpack’ has wounded at least 14 people in a rampage on a packed bus in northern Germany.
Horrified witnesses described scenes of ‘carnage’ on the bus in the city of Luebeck as the man dumped his bag on the ground and launched an attack with a kitchen knife.
A victim who had just offered his seat to an elderly woman was stabbed in the chest while the bus driver, who was also attacked, slammed the brakes on so terrified passengers could flee.
A police car which happened to be close by in the Kuecknitz district of the city was able to reach the scene quickly and the suspect was overpowered and arrested. According to local newspaper Luebecker Nachrichten, he is in his 30s and has claimed to be from Iran.
While neither the motive nor full identity of the perpetrator have been established, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Luebeck, Ulla Hingst, said this afternoon: ‘Nothing can be ruled out, including a terrorist background’.
Hingst also said police are investigating a suspicious rucksack after witnesses reported that the man had been carrying a ‘smouldering’ bag on the bus, which was heading to the Travemuende beach destination on the Baltic coast.
Germany has been on high alert after several deadly Islamist extremist attacks in recent years. Angela Merkel has come under intense pressure in Germany for her immigration policy and vowed not to quit earlier today.
Eyewitness Lothar H., 87, said the attacker pulled out a…